A bulletin on the doings and undoings of
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|The Amelia Peabody Books||
|By Elizabeth Peters
In chronological order:
HE SHALL THUNDER IN THE SKY
The Falcon at the Portal
Lion in the Valley
Street of the Five Moons
Borrower of the Night
Silhouette in Scarlet
It was a demanding project and the Editor, wearied by her labors and emotionally wrung out, trusts that it will be received with the proper appreciation.
--He Shall Thunder in the Sky, Foreword
Please note the efficiency with which we have produced this issue of the newsletter ahead of our usual schedule. You can thank my publisher for getting it out to you early. They have an ulterior motive, of course (everybody does, according to Emerson). They want you to be standing in line to buy HE SHALL THUNDER IN THE SKY when it reaches the bookstores on May 3. So do I, of course. I too have an ulterior motive, and it isn't the same one that moves my publisher--not entirely. I want everybody to read the book and stop asking me what happens next. Some of the letters have been reproachful and some absolutely threatening.
Owing to one of those business things I have never understood, I have sort of changed publishers. Harper Collins recently bought Avon-Morrow, and some other stuff, so in one sense I am back with Harper, who published the Michaels books, only I have the same editor I had at Avon, thank goodness, but the hardcover of THUNDER will appear under the Morrow imprint. If you are confused, imagine how I feel.
This issue will be primarily devoted to THUNDER IN THE SKY (is the name
firmly fixed in your mind??) but there are a couple of other subjects we want to cover.
The paperback of THE FALCON AT THE PORTAL will be in the bookstores on April 4. If you haven't read it yet wait for HE SHALL THUNDER IN THE SKY before you complain to me about it. As you can see from the publishing schedule above, Avon is reissuing a number of the older books, as well.
"Speculation," I retorted, "is never a waste of time. It clears away the deadwood in the thickets of deduction."
--He Shall Thunder in the Sky
"And I will be angry if there is something wrong with Nefret and you do not tell me. Is she ill? Or-oh, dear!-involved with some unsuitable male person?" I could tell by the look on [Kadija's] broad, honest face, that my last surmise was the right one. People are always surprised when I hit on the truth; it is not magic, as some of the Egyptians secretly believe, but my profound understanding of human nature."
-- He Shall Thunder in the Sky
We've had queries about an Amelia tour to Egypt. An Amelia tour there cannot be: they are the ones I do with my friends from KMT and the name belongs to Dennis Forbes, who originated it. HOWEVER, I will (inshallah) be going to Egypt in Dec 2000, and there will be a tour open to the public in which I have agreed to participate. Details have yet to be worked out, but the dates are set - Dec 26, 2000 through January 9, 2001 - and the tour will include visits to Cairo, Luxor, and Assuan with a Nile cruise. The people in charge are Museum Tours; they specialize in groups who are genuinely interested in Egyptology, and the head man, Bill Petty, is an expert in his own right, and a friend. If you are interested, please get in touch with him for additional information.FAX: (303) 932 - 2247
PHONE (toll free): 1-888-932-2230
WEBSITE: www.museum-tours.com ADDRESS: Museum Tours
7110 S Old Farm Rd
Littleton, CO 80128
AND SPEAKING OF THE ANIMAL MUMMY PROJECT
The animal mummy project I mentioned in the last newsletter is going strong. I haven't decided which of my grandchildren is going to get the first one; as for myself, I am wavering between a crocodile and a baboon. Think what a fun project this would make for a class studying about ancient Egypt. And what a subject for Show and Tell!
The current list of mummies includes "Mystery packages" (which will be identified after x-raying) snakes, fish, crocodiles, dogs, and cats, as well as a Baboon, an Ibis, and a Horus Falcon.
For more information check out the website at www.animalmummies.com; it's full of photos and fascinating facts.If you don't have access to the web you can request a brochure from:
Dr. S. Ikram - Animal Mummies
American University in Cairo
420 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018-2729
SOME REPROACHFUL LETTERS...
You are hereby forewarned -- the letters below refer to specific plot elements in The Falcon at the Portal. You may wish to skip this part if you have not already read it.
MPM: Anything Else?Carol Evans:
I wish you would do everyone a favor and kill off Percy. 'Hoist in his own petard,' because of his book, ship him to India or let him be murdered by a French prostitute or something.... Percy nauseates me and he has caused enough trouble. It would be wonderful if he got some of his own back. The old saying, 'what goes around comes around' could definitely be put to good use on Percy.
Please, please fix the romance between Ramses and Nefret. I mean, they should get married and be subjected to the 'Mother's Curse' (it probably could have originated with Amelia). It would be very entertaining to watch Ramses and Nefret try to control children having their combined attributes and characteristics.
MPM: If you think Percy was a cad in Falcon, just wait till you see what he's up to in Thunder!
MPM: I have no intention of finishing the series in the foreseeable future. Read on...
MPM: See the threat from my editor, below.
MPM: It wasn't so modern. Well-to-do couples usually had separate rooms, even then. (Am I deliberately teasing you? Well, maybe a little.)
Karla G. Von Huben:
MPM: I enjoy turning traditional roles on their heads. Why shouldn't a father care as much, or more, than a mother? Bear in mind, though, that Amelia isn't very good at "getting in touch with her feelings". In Thunder, she.... But my editor has threatened to cut off the chocolate if I give anything away.
MPM: Have you ever heard of anyone who thought he(she) had enough money? An heiress was pursued by rich and poor alike.
MPM: It is always a thrill when some astute reader appreciates my nitpicking research. I was delighted to learn more about Miss Whiteside, whose name I found, and used.
MPM: I'm astonished that anyone, even a psychiatrist, could recommend Schadenfreude as a means of improving anyone's mental health. It means enjoying the fear and pain of others. It's a cute name though, isn't it?
MPM Give me a few more years. I'm already getting requests for another Vicky, a return to earlier journals, another Michaels, books about the next generation of Emersons...
Wayne and Carolynn Walter:
MPM: No. Wouldn't you rather figure it out for yourselves? Oh, well, I'll give you a hint. The clue, subtle, hidden, and obscure, is in Seeing a Large Cat. That should keep you busy until Thunder is available.
"Why, Ramses, you know I would never venture to urge a course of action on another individual, particularly in affairs of the heart." Ramses had lit another cigarette. He must have inhaled the wrong way, for he began to cough. I patted him on the back. "However, a demonstration of an attachment so powerful it cannot be controlled, particularly by a gentleman who has controlled it only too well, would, I believe, affect most women favorably. I trust you follow me?"
--He Shall Thunder in the Sky